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Grammys to include streaming-only tracks, more changes

NEW YORK – Changes at the Grammy Awards include members voting in fewer categories at the 2017 show and songs only released on streaming services being in contention for nomination.The Recording Academy announced changes Thursday that will impact the 2017 Grammys, to be presented Feb….

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Alberta to review response to Fort McMurray fire

EDMONTON – Alberta has ordered a review into how it responded to the huge wildfire known as “The Beast” that destroyed parts of the Fort McMurray region and forced close to 90,000 people from their homes.The government says the review will focus on how well…

Canadian economy making progress, says Poloz

OTTAWA – Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says the country’s economy is finally making progress after hobbling through the effects of the slow U.S. recovery, feeble exports and a stubborn commodity-price slump.In a speech Wednesday, Poloz said while the economic situation remained complicated and…

Kerry tours Arctic Circle to see climate change impact

NY-ALESUND, Norway – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday visited Norway’s extreme north, viewing areas where climate change has melted ice and opened new sea lanes.Trailed by staff and journalists in small Zodiac-type inflatable boats, Kerry and Norway’s foreign minister motored in an…

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Europe, U.S., certify Bombardier planes

MONTREAL – Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) says aviation authorities in Europe and the United States have now certified its CS100 series passenger planes, clearing the way for delivery of the aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines by the end of the month.The Swiss carrier is scheduled to…

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Plaza Retail to redevelop 3 RioCan properties

TORONTO – The Plaza Retail REIT is planning to redevelop three RioCan properties, including Northumberland Square in Miramichi, N.B.The other two properties are in Ontario: East Court Mall in Cornwall and Timiskaming Square in New Liskeard.Plaza Retail (PLZ.UN) paid $11.5 million to acquire a 50…

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Veterans lawsuit heading back to court

VANCOUVER – A missed procedural deadline has set off a domino effect in a long-running court case about compensation for severely disabled veterans.Last June, a lawsuit launched by six severely disabled veterans over changes to made to their compensation 10 years ago was put on…

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Two dead after fishing boat capsizes

BATHURST, N.B. – Police say two fishermen have died and another man was taken to hospital today after a fishing boat capsized off the shore of a community in northern New Brunswick.The RCMP says the incident occurred early Thursday morning off the Miller Brook wharf…

Delayed Victoria bridge project spans culture

VICTORIA – It’s less than 100 metres long, but costs and delays have ballooned for Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge replacement project in a cautionary tale involving standards for steel and a cultural divide that spans continents.Known locally as the Blue Bridge for its light blue…

Shanghai Disneyland opens with hopes cash will rain down

SHANGHAI – Walt Disney Co. opened Shanghai Disneyland, its first theme park in mainland China, with a lavish celebration Thursday featuring Communist Party leaders, a children’s choir, Sleeping Beauty and other Disney characters.A vice-premier joined Disney CEO Bob Iger in cutting the grand opening’s red…